Monday, January 4, 2016

Mindful Monday- Definition

Attentive, aware, careful

To be mindful is to be completely aware of what is happening in the present, to be fully aware of all that is going on within ourselves and all that is happening around us, from moment to moment, without judgement or preconceived notions.
Thich Nhat Hanh

If I were mindful of the moment would I make better eating choices? That is the question I am asking myself this month of January. 

Am I hungry?

Arrange the food in front of yourself at a table.
Look at the food
Take a breath before eating.
Smell the food.
Taste the food.

I am taking a challenge this month to refrain from eating sweet treats. No chocolate, cookies, ice-cream, or other baked goods. I'd like to see how deep my addiction to sugar really is. It could be a huge help to my joints and insulin levels. I am not diabetic but I certainly could walk that road if I don't get a handle on this problem. I don't know how to replace the social habits that accompany sugar indulgence. Going to the bakery is a social event. Could I get the same feeling from visiting the produce section at the grocery store?

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  1. I think you can. Choose a store that has an amazing produce section, and take in first the beautiful array of colors. God truly is an artist! Try something old and familiar, but also try something new. Once I get off of sugar everything else tastes so much better. I like the idea of being mindful. I also like the way you arrange your text. It makes it easy to read. I might have to give it a try.

  2. Had a persimmon last week. Very yummy!

  3. Sounds like an interesting challenge! I know I'd find that hard. I like the idea of looking at it from the perspective of mindfulness though- it will be interesting to see how mindfulness applies to different areas of life as you go through the year. I love your painted stones in the picture.


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